This week Ben and I riff on some news stories along with friend and ZocDoc developer, Jeremy Kimball.
- Please ‘Like’ us on Facebook by clicking the Like button on the side of the site
- Device independent pixels and the ‘rem’ unit in CSS/HTML. As well as device independent pixels in WPF, and Android development.
- Craigslist takes down pad mapper
- Ben and I disagree on whether Craigslist a net good, or evil in the world?
- Profits per employee for various companies
- I talk about a specific company that took the pivoting of lean startup too far and actually abandoned customers who paid money too quickly.
- CityMaps has had a big release, and everyone should go check out the new layout and city’s available
Today Ben and I interview former Microsoftie turned Googler, Santos Cordon about programming.
- How did you get into programming?
- Learning about computers back in the dos/windows days
- Ti Calculator programming.
- How did you get to Microsoft?
- Your work on Office
- What brought you to NY?
- The most important thing for an individual developer’s quality is actually using the software.
- Interviewing and what it can tell you about a company.
- How would you interview developers for your own company?
- Design patterns and over engineering.
- Software Engineering practices in general.
- Writing services vs writing shrink wrap software.
This week Ben and I slightly change the format of the podcast to talk about some more current events type things.
- Why can’t we use compilers to remember the differences in browsers, just like C/C++ compiles to different architectures.
- Google has tried this with Dart and hasn’t been successful.
- Try Haxe
- Apple had a bunch of announcements at WWDC
- High DPI displays are going to be the next revolution in computing, and it’s about time.
- How ClearType works
This week Ben and I talk with Director of Mobility Evangelism at SAP, located in our nations capitol, about mobile database technologies and software engineering.
- Sybase acquisition by SAP.
- Mobile databases and small footprint databases.
- SAP making a play on Oracle.
- Do you still get to code?
- Building mobile application development is just beginning for many enterprises.
- What are the main challenges for dealing with enterprise and mobile?
- How does the iPhone play with enterprise customers?
- Microsoft tried multiple times to bring out bring out a tablet but can’t seem to get it working
- The future of mobile operating systems on full PCs and Laptops.
- Ben: The merge of mobile and desktop computing has been a great boon to UI design.
- UI design takes as much time as designing your system, algorithms and data structures.
- Developers vs DBAs.
- There’s no more debugging in ‘prod’ on mobile devices.
- The internet isn’t always on as much as we’d like it to be, and as such we need to store data locally for when there’s no connectivity.
- Software as a profession, do we need accreditation like lawyers and doctors?
- Many companies have tried this, A+, MCSE, IEEE and ACM certs, etc.
- Ben: Ultimately it all comes down to hiring, you wouldn’t hire a surgeon because he said he could do it.
- Managers need to read The Mythical Man Month (9 people can’t have a baby in 1 month)
- The App store model will make us all compete on software quality
- fun discussion of Uber and how it’s disrupting old business models
This week, Ben and I discuss why we haven’t had shows recently. A new venture called MapItPrices, and the news that Xamarin Studios has ported Android to C#
This week Ben and I chat with former Microsoftie turned Standup Comic, Toby Muresianu about careers in Software.
This week Ben and I chat during a CityMaps party about what it takes to be a computer programmer. How do you get into this field, and most importantly can anybody do it?
In this Episode Ben and I talk about why there wasn’t a podcast last week. (hint: we shipped a ton of new software)
This week Ben and I talk with Basho developer Sean Cribbs about NoSQL and how they write software.
- Amazon’s Dynamo Paper
- Riak is really good for cloud storage
- LAMP pretty much scales horizontally vs Microsoft’s big iron approach
- Voxer is probably the biggest deployment of Riak
- How do you work effectively remotely?
- Chatrooms:Hipchat, Campfire and Hubot
- Agile Zen for ensuring you have a pull based workflow
- Differences in culture re: work hours between west and east coast
- Distributed version control workflow
- Sean’s Coder Wall
- Common pitfalls when moving from SVN to git
- GitHub: Code comments start to matter more when they’re public 🙂
- GitHub Flow
- How GitHub Uses GitHub to Build GitHub
- conflict between Open Source vs Proprietary features
- How do you do Continuous Integration with GitHub?
- Sean: git submodules, or How to use github to API documentation
- Ben: Dropbox feature: Packrat and Events feed
This week it’s just Ben and I riffing in the new CityMaps HQ with our new recording equipment.
Then Ben and I kind of just BS for a while ‘cause it’s fun 🙂
Shamesless Name Drops
Extroverted Developer #6